In March, I attended a sewing camp led by Susan Khalje and learnt how to sew a classic French Jacket. Since then, I have worn the jacket most of the times when the weather has allowed it. Now, with the autumn approaching I've been itching to make another jacket. And since my blog is receiving most of its traffic on the posts about the jacket, I decided to combine business with pleasure and launch a sew-along!
For my next jacket, I've got inspired by Karl's Little Black Jacket collection and so the name came out naturally: Little French Jacket.
Sew-alongs seems to be quite popular among modern seamstresses but at the same time it's a lot of responsibility. I felt nervous; I've finished only one jacket and was not 100% sure that I could do everything right. And so I reached out to Leisa from A Challenging Sew and asked if she wanted to help and run the sew-along together. Leisa has probably made five or six jackets and is currently working on three jackets at the same time! Her knowledge and experience will be invaluable during the course of the sew-along. Then, I emailed Susan and told her about our venture. And guess what? Susan agreed to consult us along the way! How exciting it is?
The icing on the cake is that this sew-along will coincide with the release of Susan's French jacket lesson on DVD and a pattern of a classic jacket with a three-piece sleeve. She says that the pattern will be ready sometime in October and the DVD by the end of year.
Having purchased Susan's Craftsy class two years ago, I review some parts of it on a weekly basis, because it contains a tremendous amount of useful information. If you know this class, you can confirm! Listening to Susan talk, it's like sharing an apartment with her :) So I am really looking forward to her forthcoming release!
Nothing can replace a live lesson with an instructor helping you with the fitting and personal advice. But we will try, as much as we can, to help you make this classic garment from our different corners of the world.
|My first jacket|
Attention, ladies: the jacket will include many hours of manual labor!
I also promise that before we actually kick off the sew-along, both Leisa and i will entertain you with useful and interesting information about the jacket!
Please don't hesitate to spread the word! We'd like to see as many people joining in as possible! And, as in the custom these days, add our sew-along button to your blog ;)
Are you ready to embark with us on the adventure?
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